What has the QNX auto team been up to?

Well, let's see:



QNX memorabilia: The (first) QNX demo disk

Reflections on the stuff that has been accumulating in my drawer since the '90s. This week: Not that demo disk, this demo disk.

Mention "QNX demo disk" to any long-time QNX user and, almost immediately, they'll think of the 1.44M floppy demo that QNX released in 1997. I plan to cover that demo, but in a subsequent post. For now, I want to draw your attention to a much earlier floppy demo, which first appeared in the 1980s.

First of all, it came on a real floppy — you know, the bendable kind:

It could also self-boot, as indicated by the label in the upper-right corner. You know what that means, of course: The disk in this photo contains a limited yet functional version of the QNX OS, circa 1988. How cool is that?

I found this disk a little while ago, while rummaging through my stuff. Problem is, I still haven't dug up a machine old enough to run it. I'm guessing, though, that any x86 box with a 5 1/4" floppy drive would do the trick. When I eventually find one, I'll let you know. Who knows, the floppy may still be in good enough shape to run!

In the meantime, dear reader, if you are willing to admit you've been around long enough to remember this demo disk, I'd love to hear about it. From what I've read, it demonstrated QNX's multitasking capabilities, but that's all I know. I'm hoping you can fill in the gaps.


How to make a Mercedes disappear

I was Googling the new Canon 5D Mark III SLR when I stumbled across this ├╝ber-cool use of its predecessor, the 5D Mark II. The video, which Mercedes created to promote a new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, needs little by way of explanation. So without further ado, let's roll the tape:



BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 aces HTML5 test

PlayBook OS 2.0 supports a lot of cool features, including a unified inbox, social media integration, and thousands of new apps. Not to be outdone, the team responsible for the PlayBook's browser have also upped the ante. In fact, the browser for OS 2.0 has become the top scoring tablet browser on html5test.com.

The PlayBook browser achieves a score of 354. The closest competitor, Firefox Mobile 10, comes in at 315.

To learn more about the HTML5 test and how scores are calculated, click here.


What has the QNX auto team been up to?

Well, let's see: